[size=13pt]Titans GM Reese resigns[/size]
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Floyd Reese resigned Friday as general manager of the Tennessee Titans.
The team scheduled a news conference for later Friday after announcing that Reese would not return.
Reese had finished his 13th season in the job. His contract was up this year.
"I had hopes of signing a contract extension and staying with the Titans for many more years, but it became apparent to me over the last several months that that would be difficult,' Reese said in a statement released by the team.
"Rather than drag out a process that would probably end up with us going our separate ways, the right thing to do is to cut ties now and let the Titans move on and me as well.'
Reese has been with the franchise for 21 years, going back to its origins as the Houston Oilers.
"It's hard parting ways, but I am confident that change will be good for everyone involved,' team owner Bud Adams said in a statement.
In December, Adams denied that coach Jeff Fisher was leaving after the season, but he wasn't as emphatic about Reese. At the time Adams said, ``I don't think he's going anywhere.'
Fisher, at the time, said he couldn't imagine working without Reese.
The Titans finished the season 8-8 with a loss to New England, and just fell short of becoming the first NFL team to start 0-5 and reach the playoffs.
After a 2-7 start, the team won six-straight games. The turnaround earned quarterback Vince Young the Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the year award Wednesday and led Adams to pick up Fisher's option for 2007. Talks of an extension for Fisher are expected soon.
"Our job now is to move forward and find someone that can help lead this organization to our goals,' team President Steve Underwood said.
The Titans went 111-102 while Reese was the GM, and the team went to the Super Bowl in 2000, where the Titans lost to the Rams. But the team has struggled to rebuild, winning only five games in 2004 and four in 2005.